Monday, 11 December 2017

DVD Roundup: "When life gives you shit, you make Kool-Aid" edition

The Hitman's Bodyguard is a standard buddy caper comedy featuring popular actors Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, but there is something about the film that is just off. The comedy is stale, and there is an over emphasis on a lame romance plot then the subplot of a dictator being tried for war crimes. To say the tone of this film is uneven would be an understatement. Still, Richee enjoyed the shrieks and the music and the explosions, so if you're into that kind of thing, then you'll enjoy The Hitman's Bodyguard. Listen to our full podcast review in the player below.

I've only really been aware of Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire for about 18 months now, and I've got to say I fell hard and fast for it. A complex story with complex characters, and the end so tantalisingly close to completion as to drive your mind wild with theories. Season 7 was much anticipated, and while I loved it for just being able to see those characters and that world again, and to answer more questions, there was definitely something lacking in it. On the whole it left me slightly unsatisfied, but Game of Thrones is like a puppy to me, I can't stay mad at it for long. Read my full review of Season 7 here.

After a mass of Stephen King adaptations this year, none fell as hard as The Dark Tower (well, maybe not as much as the abysmal one and only season of The Mist). Confusingly, this film is a continuation of the books, and not a straight adaptation. While the plot of saving the world we know in a world we do not, and the inclusion of Idris Elba as the Gunslinger, makes for an interesting film, the heavy reliance on shoddy visuals and clunky dialogue make for a disappointing watch for fans and newcomers alike. We didn't see this film, but it has been lauded as one of the worst films of the year.

I've only seen the original series, but Twin Peaks was a wonderfully surreal and discombobulating show from the master of dreamlike and fearful cinema. The Return frustrated many people, garnering criticisms for being slow, boring and purposely confusing. While I haven't seen the third season, I can't believe that David Lynch would make an easy and nostalgic show for us to fall back into 25 years later, and these criticism make me want to watch the show even more. Sometimes you need something a bit more difficult to chew on to get even more enjoyment.

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